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Criminal Charges Against Bill Cosby Can Proceed To Trial, Pennsylvania Judge Rules

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A Pennsylvania Judge ruled today that there was sufficient evidence against Bill Cosby to allow the sexual assault charges against him to proceed to trial.

Second Freddie Gray Trial Ends In Acquittal Of Baltimore Cop

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An acquittal in one of the six Freddie Gray cases, but not an unexpected one.

Tom Brady, N.F.L. Players Association To Seek Review Of Appeals Court Deflategate Decision

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Deflategate isn’t over yet and, depending on what happens in the Courts, could still be unresolved at the end of the N.F.L. season that begins in September.

Bowe Bergdahl Trial Delayed Until 2017, But Donald Trump Could Wreck The Entire Case

Bowe Bergdahl

Bowe Bergdahl’s Court Martial has been delayed until 2017, which raises the possibility that comments by Donald Trump could result in Bergdahl getting off scot-free.

Supreme Court Punts On PPACA Birth Control Mandate

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Faced with the prospect of a 4-4 tie, the Supreme Court instead came up with a decision on the PPACA’s birth control mandate that didn’t decide anything.

Federal Government Advises, And Warns, Public Schools On Rights Of Transgender Students

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Begun, the bathroom wars have.

Federal Court Finds Portion Of Administration’s PPACA Subsidy Funding Unconstitutional

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A Federal Court has ruled that the Administration violated the law when it spent funds allocated under the PPACA for purposes other than those authorized by Congress.

Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Shooter Robert Dear Found Incompetent To Stand Trial

Robert Dear Colorado Springs Shooter

No trial for Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Robert Dear, at least not for now.

Federal Government, North Carolina, File Competing Lawsuits Over State’s ‘Bathroom Bill’

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The political fight over North Carolina’s so-called “Bathroom Bill” has moved to the Federal Courts.

Majority Of Americans Oppose ‘Bathroom Bills’ Aimed At Transgender Americans

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Surprising results from a new poll regarding “bathroom” bills and transgender Americans.

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended From Office Again

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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore has been removed from office again.

Moore Suspended, Faces Removal from Office

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Via AL.com: Roy Moore suspended from office: Alabama chief justice faces removal over gay marriage stance For the second time in his career, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore faces charges before the Alabama Court of the Judiciary and potential removal from office. Until that court hears and rules on those charges, Moore will be suspended with […]

Time For The Senate GOP To Give In On Merrick Garland Nomination?

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

With Donald Trump now confirmed as the GOP nominee, some conservatives are suggesting that the Senate GOP should just give in on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Appears Sympathetic To Bob McDonnell’s Appeal

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Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell’s fate lies the hands of the Supreme Court.

Former Speaker Dennis Hastert Sentenced To 15 Months In Prison

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Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to fifteen months in Federal prison for his conviction on bank fraud charges related to an effort to cover-up decades old incidents of sexual abuse from the time when Hastert was a High School wrestling coach: CHICAGO —A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. […]

Voters Don’t Seem To Care About The Political Fight Over Vacant Supreme Court Seat

Supreme Court Issues Multiple Rulings

It may be the talk of Washington, but the political fight over Justice Scalia’s vacant Supreme Court seat does not seem to be something voters care very much about.

Appeals Court Reinstates Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

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A Federal Appeals Court has reinstated the four game suspension imposed on Tom Brady over the so-called ‘Deflategate’ scandal.

Virginia Governor Restores Voting Rights To 200,000 Ex-Felons

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In a huge step forward for criminal justice reform, Virginia’s Governor has restored voting rights for some 200,000 people who have paid their debt to society.

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Challenge To Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case challenging the President’s deportation relief plan, but it’s unlikely we’ll see a ruling on the merits.

New Jersey Judge Rules Ted Cruz Is A “Natural Born Citizen”

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A New Jersey judge, along with a Judge in Pennsylvania, is among the first to rule on the meaning of the ‘natural born citizen’ clause.

Connecticut Judge Allows Sandy Hook Gun Lawsuit To Proceed, For Now

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A Connecticut Judge has allowed a lawsuit against the manufacturer and seller of the weapons used in the Sandy Hook Shootings to go forward, but a Federal Law appears to make dismissal inevitable.

Yes, We Would Benefit From A More Diverse Supreme Court

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Justice Sotomayor argued last week that we ought to look somewhere other than just the Courts of Appeal, the Ivy League, and the Northeast for Supreme Court Justices. She’s right.

New England Patriots Fans File Frivolous Lawsuit Against N.F.L. Over Deflategate Sanctions

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A group of New England Patriots fans are providing us with the latest example of stupid lawsuits that don’t belong in Court at all.

‘Panama Papers’ Claim Prime Minister Of Iceland As First Victim

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One down. How many more to go?

Supreme Court Rejects Effort To Narrow Meaning Of ‘One Person, One Vote’

With surprising unanimity, the Supreme Court rejected an effort to restrict the meaning of ‘one person, one vote’ in legislative redistricting.

Leaked Documents Reveal International Web Of Hidden Assets, Secret Bank Accounts

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A treasure trove of documents from a law firm in Panama could prove problematic for a large group of international leaders.

Two Republicans Backtrack On Support For Hearings For SCOTUS Nominee

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Two Republicans who broke with their party to support hearings for Judge Merrick Garland have changed their minds and gotten back in line with the Senate GOP Caucus.

Supreme Court Rules Against Seizure of Property Needed To Pay For Defense Counsel

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A victory in the fight to reform civil asset forfeiture laws.

Supreme Court Looking For Way To Work Around 4-4 Tie In Obamacare Birth Control Cases

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The Supreme Court appears to be looking for a way to resolve an issue that has been mired in controversy for six years now.

Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager Charged With Battery Against Reporter

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The 2016 Campaign just keeps getting weirder.

Public Employee Unions Dodge A Bullet Thanks To 4-4 Supreme Court Tie

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Thanks to an equally divided Supreme Court, public employee unions won a case they most likely would have lost had Justice Scalia lived.

Conservatives Keep Up Pressure On Senate GOP To Hold The Line On SCOTUS Nominee

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Conservatives are doing all they can to make sure Merrick Garland does not get either a hearing or a vote in the Senate, and it’s working.

Another Senator Defects On “No Hearings, No Votes” As Public Opposition Rises

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Another Republican Senator has broken ranks and called for hearings on the nomination of Merrick Garland, as another poll shows most Americans support hearings as well.

Justices Sharply Divided In Latest Obamacare Birth Control Mandate Case

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The Supreme Court appeared deadlocked during oral argument in the latest case dealing with the PPACA’s contraceptive coverage mandates.

Most Americans Oppose GOP’s “No Hearings, No Votes” Position On Garland Nomination

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It increasingly appears that the GOP is on the losing side of the argument over whether to hold hearings and a vote on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit Against Legal Pot In Colorado

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The Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana.

Strategy and the Garland Nomination

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George Will’s column on the Garland nomination sparks a few thoughts.

Republican Senator Calls For Hearings And A Vote On Merrick Garland Nomination

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A crack in the wall.

President Obama Selects Judge Merrick Garland To Fill Supreme Court Vacancy

Merrick Garland Supreme Court Nomination

President Obama has selected his nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, now the question is whether the Senate will act.

Political War Over Supreme Court Getting Ready To Go Nuclear

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The coming political battle over President Obama’s effort to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia will likely be unlike anything we’ve seen before.

Senate GOP Remains United On Denying Consideration To Obama SCOTUS Nominee

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The President could nominate someone to fill the vacancy created by Antonin Scalia’s death as soon a next week, but Republicans in the Senate remain firmly committed to their decision to deny the as yet unnamed nominee any consideration.

Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Texas Abortion Case

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The Supreme Court seems as closely divided as ever on an issue that has divided the nation for forty years, but the implications of Justice Scalia’s death were quite apparent during oral argument in the Texas Abortion Law case.

Federal Judge Denies Request To Force Apple To Extract Data From iPhones In Drug Case

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A Federal Judge in New York has denied an F.B.I. request to force Apple to extract data from iPhones involved in a Federal drug case.

Trump Wants to Repeal First Amendment

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The Republican frontrunner doesn’t want newspapers to be able to write negative stories about him.

Brian Sandoval Takes Name Out Of Contention For Supreme Court

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Less than a day after his name was leaked as a possible Supreme Court nominee, and an intriguing one at that, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has asked that his name be taken out of consideration for the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the death of Antonin Scalia: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) announced […]

Nevada’s Republican Governor Reportedly Being Vetted For Supreme Court

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Is President Obama planning a Checkmate move in the SCOTUS nomination fight?

Poll: Majority Of Americans Say Senate Should Hold Hearings And Vote On SCOTUS Nominee

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The American people do not seem to support the Republican position on whether President Obama’s expected Supreme Court nominee should get proper consideration by the Senate.

Joe Biden In 1992: No Action On Supreme Court Nominations Until After An Election

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In 1992, Joe Biden said that no action should be taken on any potential Supreme Court nominations until after that year’s Presidential election. Sound familiar?

Americans Divided Over Who Should Name Scalia’s Replacement, Obama Or Next POTUS

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Two new polls show that Americans are basically split equally on the question of who should appoint the Justice that will replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Republican Wall On “No Hearings, No Votes” For SCOTUS Nominee Appears To Be Cracking

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The unity of the Republican Senate on the idea of no hearings or votes, if it ever really existed, appears to be cracking.

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